Irish In The NFL: Week 6 Recap

Here's a look at how former Notre Dame players performed in Week 6 of the NFL schedule:

• Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn started his first NFL game since the 2009, when he played his final contest as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Quinn, who was didn’t see a snap while with the Denver Broncos from 2010-11, got the nod for the Chiefs on Oct. 14 against Tampa Bay in place of injured Matt Cassel (concussion) and completed 22 of 38 passing attempts for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the 38-10 loss.

• Three is the magic number for third-year Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, who registered his fourth game of the season with three receptions in a 24-23 win over New England. Tate finished with 47 yards and helped Seattle improve to 4-2 overall and a tie for first place with Arizona in the NFC West Division. Tate now has 13 catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

• Tight end Anthony Fasano added four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 17-14 victory over St. Louis on Oct. 14. The Dolphins, which have won two straight, are 3-3 and are tied for first with the New York Jets, New England and Buffalo in the AFC East. Fasano has 22 receptions for 176 yards and two scores.

• Cincinnati Bengals starting center Jeff Faine has helped his team climb to 10th in the NFL in total offense (382.2 yards per game) en route to a 3-3 record and second place in the AFC North Division behind Baltimore (5-1).

• The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end John Carlson to complement the passing game and give quarterback Christian Ponder a second big target to go with tight end Kyle Rudolph, also a Notre Dame alumnus. Carlson missed all of the preseason with a sprained MCL, which also kept him out of action for the first three regular season contests. He has just three catches for eight yards so far, and the Vikings need a lot more production from the 6-5, 248-pounder if Carlson wants to call Minnesota home next season.

• Kyle Rudolph pulled in a season-high six catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in Minnesota’s 38-26 loss to Washington. The Vikings dropped to 4-2 in the NFC North, trailing the 4-1 Chicago Bears, which had a bye week. Rudolph goes into Week 7 with 25 receptions for 225 yards and five touchdowns.

Name (Years At Notre Dame) Pos. Current Team
Armando Allen (2007-10) RB Chicago Bears
Jordan Black (1999-2002) OT Washington Redskins
Robert Blanton (2008-11) DB Minnesota Vikings
Sergio Brown (2006-09) S Indianapolis Colts
David Bruton (2005-08) S Denver Broncos
John Carlson (2003-07) TE Minnesota Vikings
Jimmy Clausen (2007-09) QB Carolina Panthers
Jeff Faine (1999-2002) C Cincinnati Bengals
Anthony Fasano (2002-05) TE Miami Dolphins
Darius Fleming* (2008-11) LB San Francisco 49ers
Michael Floyd (2008-11) WR Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Grant (2001-04) RB Washington Redskins
Jonas Gray (2008-11) RB Miami Dolphins
Ryan Harris (2003-06) OT Houston Texans
Robert Hughes^ (2007-10) RB Indianapolis Colts
J.J. Jansen (2004-07) LS Carolina Panthers
Derek Landri (2002-06) DT Philadelphia Eagles
Trevor Laws* (2003-07) DT St. Louis Rams
Kyle McCarthy* (2005-09) S Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Olsen (2006-09) OL New Orleans Saints
Brady Quinn (2003-06) QB Kansas City Chiefs
Trevor Robinson (2008-11) OG Cincinnati Bengals
Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) TE Minnesota Vikings
Harrison Smith (2007-11) S Minnesota Vikings
John Sullivan (2003-07) C Minnesota Vikings
Golden Tate (2007-09) WR Seattle Seahawks
Justin Tuck (2001-04) DE New York Giants
Ian Williams (2007-10) DT San Francisco 49ers
Sam Young (2006-09) OT Buffalo Bills
Tom Zbikowski (2003-07) S Indianapolis Colts
^ Practice squad member; * suffered a season-ending injury

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